Adam Clayton Powell IV Files For Rangel’s N.Y.C. Seat

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New York state Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV in New York.

Updated 11:32 am EST

New York Democrat Adam Clayton Powell IV has filed paperwork that would allow him to seek the House seat held by veteran Democrat Charles Rangel.

Powell, a former state assemblyman, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission to run in New York’s 13th District, which includes part of New York City. Rangel hasn’t announced his political plans for 2014.

Powell, who lost to Rangel by 51 percent to 23 percent in a 2010 primary that included four other candidates, is a son of the late Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who served in the House from 1945 to 1971 and was unseated by Rangel in the 1970 Democratic primary. The younger Powell also lost to Rangel in 1994.

Powell said last July that he “probably would” run for Rangel’s seat in 2014 if the congressman didn’t seek re-election, according to City & State.

Rangel, 82, was elected to a 22nd term last November after eking out a 44 percent to 42 percent win over state senator Adriano Espaillat in the Democratic primary. Powell endorsed Rangel in the race.

“The congressman has just been re-elected four months ago and is working hard to get to know his constituents in the newly drawn district and represent their interests in the 113th Congress,” Hannah Kim, a Rangel spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

Rangel’s 13th District is anchored in northern Manhattan in and around Harlem and was redrawn before the 2012 election to take in part of the Bronx. The district is one of the nation’s most Democratic areas, backing President Barack Obama with 95 percent of the vote in 2012, according to calculations by Political Capital. New York’s 13th is about 55 percent Hispanic and 27 percent black.

Political Capital contacted Powell’s campaign by e-mail and will update this post when we hear back.

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